The Hastings Raiders boys' golf team put together a solid performance at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City last week for the Section 1AAA meet. The Raiders finished fourth with a two-day total score of 620 and were just three strokes out of third behind Lakeville North. Hastings was in third with a score of 307 after the first round, and then shot a 313 as scores across the field seemed to go up amidst the rain in the second round.
Senior Nick Dittrich was the co-medalist with a total of 141, shooting 35-35 and 34-37 to qualify for his third straight state meet at Bunker Hills Golf Club. Fellow senior Jack Williams ended his prep career by taking 14th with a 156 (39-39, 40-39), just five strokes back of the cut-off mark to go to state. Sophomore Terry Kuhn tied for 16th and shot 38-36, 44-40 for a 158. Senior Jacob Erickson came in with a 45-40, 39-41 for a 165, which was good for a tie for 25th. Sophomore Sam Brown shot a 174 (46-42, 40-46) to take 36th and junior Riley Biermaier came in with a 183 (47-46, 44-46) and finished in a tie for 43rd.
Head coach Pete McGinnis said he was proud of how his team played, just a couple strokes out of third. He said the team has improved over the course of the entire season, especially in how they approach their games mentally and in their course management. He also said the team handled the elements well, as the first day was very hot and and the second featured rain showers off and on throughout the day.
Hastings graduates four seniors after this season, including Dittrich and Jack Williams who both have played varsity for multiple years. Also leaving are Erickson and Kade Slattum. However, they do return Kuhn, Brown and Biermaier along with numerous underclassmen, as there were no juniors on the team this season. McGinnis said that with the youth of the team next year, he will focus more heavily on the fundamentals and even more on course management as many of the golfers have not golfed the courses the Raiders usually play.
Dittrich competes in the Class AAA state tournament at Bunker Hills June 12-13, with practice rounds being on June 11.